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Worshipful, valiant, most noble general, and right honorable sirs of the high council of New Netherland:

As the first of May next will be the time when the terms of office of the three persons now serving as commissaries shall have expired, viz : Jan Verbeeck, Jacob Janse Schermerhooren, who last year departed for Holland, and Jan Tbomase [Mingael], so to fill up the bench, according to former custom, a nomination is made of a double number of six persons, viz: Philip Pieterse Schuyler, Derrick Janse Croon,' Volckert Janse [Douw], Rem Janse [Smit], Evert Wendel and Arent Andriese [Bratt], from whom, if it please your honors of the high honorable court, to elect three persons, for this bench, to supply the places of the aforesaid retiring officers; and our humble petition is, that your honor and the court will please make the election at the aforesaid time, otherwise the bench will be deficient, to the great inconvenience of the people here, and also the honorable company's service; awaiting the same, in the meantime, we pray Almighty God to prosper your honor's and the council's government, and that your counsels may long abide. In the meantime, Heer general and honorable sirs, we remain your honors' humble and trusty servants of the court, at Fort Orange and Beverwyck.

Fort Orange, 30th of March, 1655.

Steven Janse [Coninck] desires to sell, at this sale or auction, the following goods, on these conditions, to wit: The payments shall be made in good merchantable beavers, without any abatement, in the month of May. The buyers shall make said payments, at the time fixed, to Pieter Ryverdingh, who shall receive the money for the aforesaid goods:

To Baehtgen, a ticktack table (ticktack bort), f 16.00

Rensselaer, 11 axes (bylen), / 9.10

Seger Cornelise, 361b tobacco, / 25.00

Do. 6 beer glasses, / 6.04

Jan the Jester (?) (met de boert), 3 pictures, f 2.00

Henderick Jochemse, a sign,'-' f 3.12

Jacob Adrianse,3 a gun, f 13.00

Pieter Bout, a canoe (knoo), / 35.00

Jan Thomase [Mingael], 3 gutters [for a brewery], / 60.00

Steven Janse, a sow (soch), f 17.00

Henderick Gerritse [Van Wie], a hog, / 15.00

Steven Janse. a hog, f 14.00

Huybert the Rogue (?), (de guyt), a cask of No. 1 Holland beer,/ 41.00

Philip Pieterse [Schuyler], do. No. 2, / 33.00

1 Dirk Janse Croon was appointed magistrate in 1655, and 1658. In 1660, he was superintendent of wellf.— Dutch Manuscripts, xiv, 199, etc. In 1664, he was probably in Amsterdam.— English Manuscript*, xxii, 3.

2 Hangtxrrd, a sign before the door of an inn. It would Beem from the gale of his sign, beer, etc., that Coninck at this time retired from the business.

1 Jacob Adriaense Van Utrecht, alum Rademacker.

Hist. Coll. iv. 29

Willem Pietersc [Van Slyck],i a barrel (ton) No. 8 Holland beer, / 30.00

Willem Pieterse, No. 9, ditto, / 24.00

Seger Cornelise, a tobacco , / 2.10

Jan Verbeeck, cask No. 4 Holland beer, f 24.00

Joan de Hulter, a cbest, f 9.10

Huybert the Rogue (dv yui/t), f 2.12

Do. een troch met een bccken, f 9.01

Young Kees, 3 benches, f 8.10

Joan de Hulter, four hogs at 14 guilders a piece, f 54.00

Anthony De Hooges, a cask of Holland beer, / 24.00

Leendert l'hilipse [Conyn],2 a press bed, / 4.00

Doorethe, a book (paid from the brewery), f 16.00

To Jacob from the Plat, a dog, but Andries and Goosen have assumed the debt. Also to Juryan the glazier, two hogs, for 3^ beavers, but Andries Herpertsen and Goosen Gerritse [Van Schaick], must also have money for stones, and the 3^ beavers go as an offset.

Jan Peeck desires to sell at this public sale his two houses, standing and lying in Fort Orange, with the garden thereto belonging, all according to the patent thereof. Tbe houses adjoin on the west the angle of the fort, to the east Arent Van den Bergh; the garden lies to the south of the aforesaid fort, adjoining to the north the Heer Rensselaer, and to the south a public road. First.— The person who, as buyer, bids in the same, shall be holden to make the first payment of six hundred guilders, in the month of May, or at furthest, by the end of said month, the half, in current seewant, and the other half, in good beavers. The second payment, being the last, shall be paid before the following May, in the year 1656, the half, in current seewant, and the other half, in beavers as before; on this condition that the person, who bids off the same, shall be holden to furnish sufficient sureties; and failing in that, the property shall again be offered for sale at the charge of the buyer, and what less it shall bring, the buyer shall make good. The seller of the aforesaid houses shall be holden to deliver the garden inclosed in new pales, together with the sand that may be in the cellar of the one house, which he shall build and complete in a proper manner, after which the buyer must order matters himself.

Upon this 14th of April, 1655, Mr. Joannes Dyckman remained the highest bidder, for the sum of sixteen hundred and twenty-seven Carolus guilders, and on the aforesaid conditions hereunder set his usual sign manual; pledging the aforesaid houses and his estate, personal and real, all according to law.

Joannes Dyckman.

We, the undersigned, as principals, stand sureties for the aforesaid Joannes Dyckman, in the purchase of the two houses, according to the conditions, to stand in his stead in case of failure of payment, and to pay

1 Willem Pieterse Van Slyck had three sons: Pieter, Dirk, and Teuni», and perhaps Jacob, who settled In the vicinity of Beverwyck and at Kinderhook, and had families.

2 Leendeert Phllipse Conyn, in 1657, owned a house and lot in Beverwyck on the river side, which he still owned in 167(1.— Deeds, I. 94, 303. He died in 17M.— Albany Church Record*. lie left sons, Philip and Caspar, and perhaps Jacob.

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the aforesaid money; for which we pledge our estates, personal and real, according to law.

Done this 16th of April, 1655, in Beverwyck.

PlETER Ryverdingh.

As witnesses, Evert Pels.

Claes Hendryckse.
Willem Pieterse [Van Slyclc].

On this the 16th day of April, 1655, appeared before me Pieter Ryverdingh, clerk in the service of, etc., Mr. Joannes Dyckman, who acknowledged that he had sold to Claes Hendrickse [Van Schoonhoven], citizen here, a certain lot adjoining on the south side of Abraham Pieterse [Vosburgh] carpenter, and on the north side Mr. Jacob [De Hinsel chirurgeon, on the east side a common cart road, breadth about six rods eight feet, length ten rods, together with a double garden, Nos. 1 and 2 lying behind the aforesaid lot, with the timber lying there for a house, and the pales for the garden, all delivered free, lot, garden and timber; provided that said Claes Hendrickse, therefor, shall pay the sum of four hundred Carolus guilders, the half in good strung current seewant, and the other half in good whole beavers, under this reservation, that whenever the said Dyckman delivers over the patent for the same, then the promised sum as aforesaid shall be paid without further delay. In acknowledgment of the same, they mutually pledge their respective persons and estates, personal and real, present and future, subjecting the same to the force of all laws and judges. In witness of which, without craft or guile, this is signed with their own hands, on the date aforesaid in Beverwyck.

Johannes Dyckman.

As witnesses, Claes Hendryckse.

Andries Ilerberts.
Jan Peeck.

Acknowledged beforo me,

Pieter Ryverdinoii, Clerk.

On this 17th day of April, 1655, appeared before me, Joannes Dyckman, customs officer, etc., in Fort Orange, etc., the honorable Pieter Gellisse Metselaer (mason), at present living at said Fort Orange, who declared that he had appointed and empowered, as by these presents he does appoint and empower, the virtuous Marytgen Jacobse residing on the Prince's canal at Amsterdam, being the subscriber's wife, and his grand uncle, in her husband's name and for his sake to claim, demand and receive all such sums of money as are due to him, for his child's portion, inherited by him from his mother, and further so to do and act as the matter demands, and as the attorney judges wise; the subscriber holding as fixed and irrevocable whatever said attorney, Maritgen Jacobse, has done or shall do herein, as if he were himself present in person.

In witness whereof, this is signed with his own hand, with witnesses hereto called and invited. Done as above. Pieter Jellesse.

As witnesses,

Andries Ilerberts.
Pieter Ryvcrdingh.

Acknowledged before me, Joannes Dyckman.

Their honors of this court desire to farm out, at public sale, to the highest bidder, the tapsters' excise of wine and beer, for the time of twelve months, beginning on the first of May next, on the following conditions, to wit: The collector shall be holden to pay the promised sum quarterly to the honorable court or to their order. This payment shall be made in good strung seewant. It is conditioned that the highest bidder shall be holden to furnish sufficient security for the payment, failing of which, it shall immediately be offered for sale again, at his cost and charge, without any opposition. On this 23d of April, 1655, at Fort Orange, Marcelis Janse became the buyer for the sum of two thousand and thirty guilders upon the foregoing conditions, and Claes Janse (?) and Philip Hendrickse [Brouwer] ' became his sureties, to take his place in case of failure of payment, according to the foregoing conditions, pledging mutually their estates, personal and real, present and future, without exception, and subjecting the same to the force of all laws and judges.

In witness whereof this is mutually signed without craft or guile.

As buyer, Marcelis Janse.

As sureties,

Flip Hindricksen.
does Janse.

On the 22d day of December, 1655, Adriaen Gerritsen [Papendorp] and Adriaen Van Ilpcndam, have in friendship covenanted and agreed in manner following: The aforenamed Adriaen Van Ilpendam has sold his house, lot and garden, with all that is therein fast by earth and nailed, standing and lying in Beverwyck, and promises to deliver them on the first day of August, 1656, with the patent and a proper conveyance, but expressly conditioned, that on the east side about three feet of the lot in front on the street, be sold to Rem Jansen Smit, so that the house of said Kern Jansen may stand on his own ground; for which aforenamed house, lot and garden, Adriaen Gerritse must pay to Adriaen Van Ilpendam, eighteen hundred Carolus guilders, in good merchantable beaver skins, at eight guilders a beaver, as consideration for the house, lot and garden; on the further condition that Adriaen Gerritse may occupy half of the aforesaid house, and cultivate the garden; pledging mutually their persons and estates, personal and real, in subjection to all laws and judges.

In witness of which, two copies of this agreement are made, and without craft or guile signed, of date as above.

Adriaen Van Ilpendam. Rem Jansen, as witness. Adriaen Gerritsen.

Andriese Hendrick, as witness.

On this 28th day of February, 1656, Joachem Wesselsc Backer of the one part and Adriaen Van Ilpendam of the other side, have in friendship, covenanted and agreed in manner following: Joachim Backer aforesaid has sold his house, lot and garden standing and lying in Bever

1 Philip Hendriksc Brouwer became one of the original proprietors of Schenectady in 1663; the next year he accidentally shut Cornelia Cornellse Swits; in 10IJ4, he died. His wit'e'B name was Elwjo Tjerk. He probably left no children. The Bronwera of Schenectady are descended from Wm. Brouwer of Beverwyck.

wyck, and promises to deliver the same to said Yan Ilpendam, with a valid conveyance and the patent, when half the payment shall have been made, and he promises also to have a bedstead made at his own expense in the cellar, and to deliver all the shingles needed for the aforesaid house; also some posts as agreed upon to be delivered on the lot, and the buyer may enter into possession of the house, lot and garden, next first of May, for which aforesaid house, lot, etc., the buyer shall be holden to pay to the seller, or to his order, thirteen hundred guilders, half in good merchantable beavers skins, at eight guilders a beaver, and the other half in good strung seewant, and the beavers must be paid before the first of August in this year, and the seewant on the first of April, 1657; hereby mutually pledging their persons and estates, without exception and in subjection to all laws and judges. In acknowledgment of the truth of which, they have srgned this without craft or guile, in Beverwyck. Done as above.

Jochem Backer. As witnesses, Adriaen Van Ilpendam.

J. V. Hamel.

Pieter Loockerman.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I have received upon this contract the first payment, to wit, one and eighty beavers, and, in confirmation of the same, have signed this with my own hand, in Beverwyck, this 22d Feb., 1656.

Jochem Backer.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I have received on this contract two hundred and two guilders in seewant this 27th April, 1657.

Jochem Backer.

I, the undersigned, Jochem Backer, acknowledge that I am paid in full for this contract by him [Adrian Van Ilpendam]; and I thank him for prompt payment and free him from all claims.

Done in Beverwyck this last day of April.

Jochem Backer.

[Communication from the court at Albany to the director general and council at New Amsterdam.]

******* farmed out to the collector, Marcelis Janse, the wine and strong beer excise, at public sale, at the house of Henderick Jochemse, for the time of a whole year commencing on the first of May next, for the sum of two thousand and thirty guilders. We cannot conceal from your honor and the council, that the report has come to our ears, that your honor desires the ordinary excise of wine and beer in the colony, not to be paid to us, but rather to establish them [of the colony] in a position against us; in regard to which therefore your honor and the council will please return a very speedy answer, and in the meantime we have sent and delivered to the court of the colony of Renssclaerswyck the following reply : Reply to the written summons and protestation by the court of the colony of Rensselaerswyck, delivered in

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